New York (AP) -- Negotiators for AT&T Inc. and union officials representing 112,500 employees are discussing new labor agreements.
Both sides expect the bargaining to go into the late hours Saturday, when five regional labor contracts expire at midnight.
Candice Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Communications Workers of America, declined to say whether union officials are moving any closer to calling a strike.
Union workers voted to give their leaders that option last month.
The union represents about 6,000 AT&T employees in Ohio.
AT&T spokesman Walt Sharp notes that negotiations typically continue until contracts expire and sometimes go beyond.
The Dallas-based phone company would like union employees to cover more of their health care costs, among other concessions.
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